(AP/KMOV) -- One of the goals of drug Take-Back Day is to keep old and unused medicine out of the wrong hands. It's also a way to properly dispose of prescription medications in an environmentally sound way.
In communities all across the nation on Saturday, law enforcement set up drop-off locations for old and leftover prescription drugs. The drop-off program was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
From ten Saturday morning until two in the afternoon, people in the St. Louis area could drop off their old prescriptions, no questions asked.
Cities around the area set up drop-off sites, like one in Olivette, where 206 pounds of drugs were collected.
Keeping old and unused medicine in the home can be dangerous because they can fall into the wrong hands, such as any teens living in the house.
If such unwanted drugs are flushed away, they can contaminate rivers and streams. By tossing them out with the garbage, they end up in landfills, potentially contaminating groundwater.
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